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Bills to legalize pot use in Ohio are introduced at Statehouse
Democratic Rep. Bob Hagan says that 73 percent of Ohioans support the legalization of medical marijuana

Jo Ingles
Ohio Rep. Bob Hagan thinks the discussion is evolving in Ohio on marijuana legalization.
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Two bills introduced in the Ohio Statehouse would pave the way for legalization of marijuana in some form in the Buckeye State.

Rep. Bob Hagan, a Democrat from Youngstown, says one bill would allow lawmakers to approve medical marijuana in Ohio. The other allows lawmakers to put the question to voters on whether all marijuana use should be legalized, as is the case in Colorado.

Hagan says he’s proposed similar legislation before, which was rejected.  But things have changed.

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“I would think that if people start to see that 73 percent of Ohioans want to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana --52 percent of Americans believe legalization of marijuana itself should happen -- that their constituents would say to them. 'Vote the right way and do it now.'”

Hagan says money generated from legalizing marijuana could go a long way toward helping to fund schools and local governments.

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The post ridiculling this congressman is what is truely rediculous.I have smoked for over 20 years and my memory is just fine.I am a hard working citizen and I feel it is my own buisness if I want to smoke a little grass to unwind after a 10 hour work day.who are you to tell me othrrwise? Or am I hurting you in some way? And don't give me that bullshit violence response because if it were legal the only harm it would do is to your waistline.

Posted by: james (ohio) on May 21, 2013 7:05AM
Cinde the statistics are fine from what he has said if u was to read correctly its 73% of OHIOANS want medical legal and 52% of AMARICANs want it leagal. Meaning all over the US not just ohio.So before you go trash talking people who r trying to help Ohio people u need to get ur story straight

Posted by: brad (ohio) on May 9, 2013 9:05AM
It is ridiculous that people like the previous commentator thinks that medicinal marijuana is for the population to go get high. Medicinal marijuana has been proven to help patients like those with Cancer, Aids, Lupus, Fibrpmyalgia, MS

Posted by: Jonathon (Columbus) on May 5, 2013 12:05PM
I have a very bad back and marijuana really helps please legalize it

Posted by: Mark Lotz (Rayland Ohio) on May 3, 2013 8:05AM
Wonder who gave you the statistic of 73% who want medicinal use, 52% want it for fund - maybe some of the same people who are already smoking it - illegally. I would be so embarrassed if you were my congressman. They should think twice before voting you in again! We probably could solve the nation's debt problem. If we all sold pot we could pay extra taxes to the government...and no one would remember what a mess this nation is in - because we'd all be high on pot. Someone should check out that senator -

Posted by: cinde (ohio) on May 3, 2013 3:05AM
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